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Is Virgin Cruising on Its Way at Last?
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Is Virgin Cruising on Its Way at Last?

Fran Golden - March 3, 2014

. Word from the Middle East has Virgin Group's Sir Richard Branson seeking $1.7 billion to start a cruise line. This is not the first time the…

Theme Cruise Celebrates Women Who Rock
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Theme Cruise Celebrates Women Who Rock

Fran Golden - February 28, 2014

Cruisers may soon be going "Crazy on You," or at least will have the opportunity to rock out to the music of Heart – and other top…

Excursions Aplenty on Crystal World Cruise
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Excursions Aplenty on Crystal World Cruise

Fran Golden - February 26, 2014

Passengers on Crystal Cruises' 2015 World Cruise, the luxury line's 20th annual world sailing, shouldn't have any difficulty finding a shore excursion to their liking. Some 350 Crystal Adventures…

New Carnival Vista on the Way
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New Carnival Vista on the Way

Fran Golden - February 24, 2014

  The world won't see the 4,000-passenger Carnival Vista until spring 2016, but the first steel was cut last week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy – signaling that…

SeaDreamin’ on a Friday Afternoon
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SeaDreamin’ on a Friday Afternoon

Fran Golden - February 21, 2014

The stars were twinkling in the sky last night as we climbed under the covers of a Balinese daybed for a night outdoors aboard the 112-passenger Sea Dream…

A Taste of Nassau
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A Taste of Nassau

Fran Golden - February 19, 2014

  When cruisers arrive at a port, it's best to have a plan. Some may prefer organized shore excursions. Some may want to explore on their own.…

Put a Banana on Your Cruise Map
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Put a Banana on Your Cruise Map

Fran Golden - February 17, 2014

The cruise industry is going bananas. The new Banana Coast cruise port in Honduras is now officially on the cruise ship map. The 130-passenger ship Yorktown, operated by Travel Dynamics International,…

Celebrity Making Cruising More Private for Suite Guests
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Celebrity Making Cruising More Private for Suite Guests

Fran Golden - February 14, 2014

  Celebrity Cruises announced plans for a luxury, ship-within-a-ship concept – meaning suite guests won't have to mingle with other guests – if they don't want to.…

“Chopped” and Delicious on Norwegian Getaway
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“Chopped” and Delicious on Norwegian Getaway

Fran Golden - February 12, 2014

Porthole Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff prepares to dine with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian   Fans of Food Network's Chopped know New York chef/restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian as the smart judge with white hair who…

Royal Caribbean Goes Even-Higher-Tech with Virtual Balconies
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Royal Caribbean Goes Even-Higher-Tech with Virtual Balconies

Fran Golden - February 10, 2014

Passengers in inside staterooms aboard Navigator of the Seas cruising from Galveston, Texas, have something new to crow about – virtual balcony views courtesy of high-tech wizardry. On the…

Getaway in Miami
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Getaway in Miami

Fran Golden - February 7, 2014

Yes, that's a giant mermaid brightening the Miami waterfront. Fresh from a starring role at the Super Bowl (as a floating Bud Light hotel), Norwegian Getaway has arrived at PortMiami, mermaid…

Top Chef at Sea
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Top Chef at Sea

Fran Golden - February 5, 2014

  I am an unabashed fan of Bravo TV's Top Chef – so much so that I once more or less stalked show judge (and noted chef) Tom Colicchio at a…

New French Ship Le Lyrial to Debut Larger Suites
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New French Ship Le Lyrial to Debut Larger Suites

Fran Golden - February 3, 2014

Oo, la, la! Fast-growing French cruise line Compagnie Du Ponant has revealed some details about its newest ship, the fourth in its Boreal class. The ship will be named Le…

Carnival Ships on the Move
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Carnival Ships on the Move

Fran Golden - January 31, 2014

Much to the delight of local officials, Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a return of its ships to Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia, in 2015. The line had earlier said…

Book Now and Save
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Book Now and Save

Fran Golden - January 30, 2014

    A Norwegian Deal Norwegian's "Spectacular Bonus Days" promotion, now through February 12, brings upgrades and other savings on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Epic. Norwegian Getaway officially debuts…

What’s New in Luxury Travel: Free Wi-Fi, Bigger Ships
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What’s New in Luxury Travel: Free Wi-Fi, Bigger Ships

Fran Golden - January 27, 2014

As top luxury lines make tweaks and plan for the future, some interesting trends are emerging. Free Wi-Fi All-inclusive line Crystal Cruises recently announced that members of…

Carnival Launches Name-Brand Concerts – For a Fee
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Carnival Launches Name-Brand Concerts – For a Fee

Fran Golden - January 25, 2014

Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, and even such classic rock groups as Foreigner and Chicago, will soon be performing live on Carnival Cruise Lines ships, as part of a first-of-its-kind shipboard concert…

That’s Entertainment! Aboard MSC Divina
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That’s Entertainment! Aboard MSC Divina

Fran Golden - January 24, 2014

Entertainment Aboard MSC Divina from MSC CRUISES on Vimeo. This week I'm cruising aboard MSC Divina, the newest ship to sail year-round cruises out of Miami. The big attraction…

Star Pride to Debut with ‘Stem-to-Stern’ Design Changes
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Star Pride to Debut with ‘Stem-to-Stern’ Design Changes

Fran Golden - January 20, 2014

  One of the most anticipated ship redos this year is the transformation of Seabourn Pride into Windstar Cruises' Star Pride. Operator of three upscale sailing ships, Windstar bought the 212-passenger…

2014 Brings New Ships, Exotic Destinations, says CLIA
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2014 Brings New Ships, Exotic Destinations, says CLIA

Fran Golden - January 17, 2014

The 2014 State of the Cruise Industry forecast from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) predicts a good year for cruising, of course, but there are some…